Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East

I move on with my annual draft grades to take a look at the NFC East, which will have a tough time keeping up with the success of the NFC South. Here are my final grades for the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles, and Redskins.

Dallas Cowboys
1(28) DE Taco Charlton, Michigan (A)
2(60) CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado (C)
3(92) CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan (A)
4(133) WR Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (D)
6(191) S Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech (D)
6(216) CB Marquez White, Florida State (A)
7(228) DT Joey Ivie, Florida (F)
7(239) WR Noah Brown, Ohio State (A)
7(246) DT Jordan Carrell, Colorado (F)
Final Grade: 2.22 (C)
This was a weird draft for the Cowboys. The pick of Charlton was a major need at edge rusher, and he is just coming into his own. Lewis was solid value at pick 92, but Awuzie was a reach where they got him. Switzer could have been had in the 6th round, and they over reached for him at pick 133. Woods was someone that they locked in on before the draft, but he wasn't getting a ton of play elsewhere. Brown is a solid late round developmental pick, but Ivie and Carrell were both picks that came from off the reservation.

Philadelphia Eagles
1(14) DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee (A)
2(43) CB Sydney Jones, Washington (D)
3(35) S Rasul Douglas, West Virginia (B)
4(118) WR Mack Hollins, North Carolina (F)
4(132) RB Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State (B)
5(166) WR Shelton Gibson, West Virginia (F)
5(184) S Nate Gerry, Nebraska (B)
6(214) DT Elijah Qualls, Washington (A)
Final Grade: 2.25 (C)
The Eagles missed badly for the most part in this draft, especially early. Of course, the Barnett pick was a massive hit, and I like some things about him better than Myles Garrett. Jones would have gotten a better grade, but he blew his achilles at his pro day. He won't see the field until 2018. Douglas was a two round reach, while Hollins was a reach from Mars that nobody was even considering, as was Gibson. Pumphery, Gerry, and Qualls were all high value picks, but they waited a considerable amount of time to find their sanity.

New York Giants
1(23) TE Evan Engram, Ole Miss (A)
2(23) DT Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama (C)
3(87) QB Davis Webb, California (C)
4(140) RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson (B)
5(167) DE Avery Moss, Youngstown State (A)
6(200) OT Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh (B)
Final Grade: 3.0 (B)
Engram was a home run pick late in the first, and is the perfect receiving TE for Eli Manning. The only other major hit was late, with edge rusher Avery Moss of Youngstown State. Tomlinson was a two round reach pick, while Webb will sit behind Manning for as long as Eli is playing in New York. He will have to be rebuilt based on the system of play he played in college. Gallman was highly overrated at Clemson, and likely will not see a ton of time early. Bisnowaty fell hard in the draft based on his history of injury.

Washington Redskins
1(17) DE Jonathon Allen, Alabama (A)
2(49) LB Ryan Anderson, Alabama (A)
3(81) CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA (B)
4(114) RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma (A)
4(123) S Montae Nicholson, Michigan State (F)
5(154) TE Jeremy Sprinkle, Arkansas (A)
6(199) C Chase Roullier, Wyoming (F)
6(209) WR Robert Davis, Georgia State (C)
7(230) S Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville (B)
7(235) DB Josh Holsey, Auburn (F)
Final Grade: 2.4 (C)
Allen and Anderson both filled major needs for the Redskins, and Perine will give the backfield major punch behind Cousins at QB, as he both runs hard and works well as a receiver. Moreau is solid, but tore a pectoral muscle during the UCLA pro day, and may not see much time in 2017. Nicholson was a complete miss in the fourth round, as was Roullier. Sprinkle added solid value in the fifth round, and Harvey-Clemons is a solid developmental pick in the seventh. Davis adds some intrigue as he was a big number receiver in college on a bad team. Holsey added no real value late.

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